Orson Welles was one of the greatest visionaries of the 20th century. A master of stage, radio, and film, he was truly a magician. But, in the words of Welles himself, “it isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was.”
As his 100th birthday approaches on May 6th, the Alamo Drafthouse wanted to show Welles a little love by hosting The Magnificent Orson Welles Retrospective. From April 18 – May 25, The Alamo Ritz will be screening a wide variety of works spanning his 50 year career, which continued up until his death in 1985.
The young man from Wisconsin was a household name by the age of 23, after his now legendary Halloween broadcast of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds in 1938. The success of the radio adaptation earned him a deal to make two films with total creative control. The first of which, was Citizen Kane.
He used Citizen Kane to introduce signature techniques that would be associated with his work the rest of his life. A few of these being the use of deep focus, low-angle shots, and flashbacks.
More smash hits like The Stranger, The Lady from Shanghai, and Touch of Evil will all be shown over the course of the next month. Also playing are old television movies, and two films wholly made up of unfinished endeavors.
To revel in the genius of Orson Welles, check out the magnificent Do512 for showtimes and ticket information!